Western Europe news & analysis

26 November 2019
We round up the latest news from retailers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden. Netherlands: Albert Heijn launches automated store at Schiphol Airport After successfully piloting its new ‘plug-and-play’ store concept in Zaandam in September 2019, Albert Heijn has expanded the trial to Schiphol Airport. This will see the retailer launch its second fully automated store, on the Jan D...
25 November 2019
We bring you the latest news from Rewe Group in Germany. Improving sustainability Rewe has launched private label shower gel and soaps in packaging which is made of 100% recycled materials. The products will be under the retailers 'Today' brand and will be available in around 5,800 Rewe and Penny stores. This is the latest in a number of sustainability initiatives, with Rewe introducing rec...
25 November 2019
During our recent market visit we saw how Lidl France has made an early start for its Christmas ranges, well ahead of its competitors. The discounter’s strategy to win with families this Christmas is focused on a wide assortment of premium products, many gift ideas for all and some “hero” products. Building anticipation and creating excitement by starting early Source: IGD Research ...
22 November 2019
Spain-based El Corte Inglés has announced an increased turnover of 1.3% in the first half of FY 2019. The group is divided into retail, travel, fashion, insurance, technology and a new addition of real estate. Sales performance   The retail division increased its turnover by 1% year-on-year to €6,036m. The food sector increased its sales substantially in supermarkets and hospitality. The tr...
21 November 2019
Ahold Delhaize-owned Albert Heijn (AH) is hosting in-store cooking demos through FoodFirst Network. In addition, the retailer receives positive feedback from its Nutri-Score trial and develops a blockchain for eggs. FoodFirst Network cooking demos AH has announced that FoodFirst Network will give cooking demos in all AH XL stores for five weekends. The lifestyle platform, which was acquired...
20 November 2019
We round up the latest news from Dutch retailers Jan Linders, Jumbo and Lidl. Lidl tests scan & go Lidl is testing scan & go in its store in Huizen as an extension of the self-scan facilities that it currently offers. The discounter also plans to trial the technology in Oud-Beijerland at the end of December 2019. Lidl said, “We see that customers want to pack their groceries right away....
19 November 2019
We look at how Netherlands-based online grocery retailers Bol.com and Picnic are growing their online offers. Bol.com adds page for sustainable products Ahold-owned Bol.com has launched a page dedicated to sustainable products. Available at bol.com/duurzaamwinkelen, the new page comprises 6,500 items, which have been certified by Dutch information organisation Milieu Centraal. The sustai...
19 November 2019
We round up the latest news from SPAR International partners in Austria, Croatia and Greece. Greece partners with Bazaar SPAR Hellas, the SPAR partner in Greece, has formed a partnership with Bazaar S.A., a member of the Veroukas Group. Bazaar will provide logistics support and help develop new SPAR-branded stores. The partnership is expected to create economies of scale, particularly in co...
18 November 2019
Migros is expanding its partnership with Zur Rose, an e-commerce pharmacy. Rolling out the concept Following a successful trial, Migros is rolling out a shop-in-shop pharmacy concept in partnership with Zur Rose. It initially trialed the idea in three stores, located in Bern, Basel and Zurich. In February 2020, it will launch the concept in Western Switzerland, with a shop-in-shop pharmacy ...
18 November 2019
Portugal-based Sonae MC announced an increase of 8.8% in its turnover for Q3 2019 to €1,247m. Like-for-like (LFL) sales were up 2.4% in Q3 2019. Sales performance Luiz Moutinho Sonae’s CEO said the group was ‘ pleased with the results despite circumstantial market slowdown in the period ’ and highlighted the retailer outperformed the competition with its strategy to offer shoppers the best ...